Daily Archives: August 12, 2010

Arts Worker Discount: Through The Leaves, The Company Theatre

The Company Theatre is offering discounted Artist and Arts Worker tickets for our upcoming production of Through The Leaves by Franz Xaver Kroetz. Discounted tickets are $22 (Price includes all charges and taxes) and are available for all performances.

Show Info:

Through the Leaves

By Franz Xaver Kroetz

Starring Nicholas Campbell and Maria Vacratsis

Directed by Philip Riccio

Venue: Tarragon Extra Space

Dates: September 10th-October 3rd 2010

www.companytheatre.ca

The Company Theatre was founded in 2005 by Philip Riccio and Allan Hawco. Previous productions include A Whistle in the Dark, Marion Bridge and Festen.

Workshop: One Week Shakespeare Conservatory with Andrew Tidmarsh, Equity Showcase Theatre

Coming this September 2010… One Week Shakespeare Conservatory with Andrew Tidmarsh from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts & the Drama Center (London, England)

Andrew Tidmarsh returns to Ontario! In September 2008, Kevin McCormick, Director of the Professional Development Program of EST was able to bring this exciting artist to Toronto as part of the EST goal to bring International Guest Artists to the PDP to serve the development of Canadian artists. The one week Conservatory sold out and was a tremendous success and won rave reviews from the artists who participated.

2010 Andrew returns to EST to provide an encore of this popular conservatory!
Start Date 2010-09-13
Deadline 2010-08-25
End Date 2010-09-17
Days & Times Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm & 2 to 5 pm
Prices $750 (CAEA/ACTRA Members $600)
*All prices +HST (EST GST #: R118901164)

More information about the workshop

To register for the workshop

Job Posting: Company Administrator, Puppetmongers Theatre

Internationally renowned Puppetmongers Theatre is seeking a part-time Company Administrator to work with co-Artistic Directors Ann Powell and David Powell from August 30, 2010 as the theatre begins an exciting new creative season.

The Company Administrator will support Puppetmongers Theatre in a variety of administrative and planning tasks including:

FINANCIAL:

  • Business strategy and seasonal planning in collaboration with Artistic Directors
  • Bookkeeping & Budgeting
  • Preparing deposits, balancing bank, preparation for audit
  • Payroll

FUNDRAISING:

  • Grant Writing, Corporate  and Foundation requests: research & writing
  • Fundraising Administration:  charitable receipts, report writing
  • Special Event  Administration and support
  • Individuals campaign writing, mailing and follow-up

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

  • Taking of Meeting Minutes
  • Board Communications

PRODUCTION:

  • Studio Administration and Admin Support for Puppetmongers Studio Events.
  • Preparation of Letters of Agreement and various contracts as required.
  • Process ticket orders for studio shows

MARKETING AND PUBLICITY *

  • Create paper and e-flyers
  • Build and maintain mailing lists and distribution lists
  • Annual newsletter
  • Maintain website
  • Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter, blogging
  • Place free listings, seek program insert exchanges
  • Create and send e-blasts

The Company Administrator will be responsible for administrative tasks as assigned by the Artistic Directors and Board of Directors. The Company Administrator will be answerable to the Artistic Directors and will be provided with an introduction to our business tools by the Artistic Directors and our previous Administrator.

Candidate’s Skills

  • The candidate will have relevant education.
  • Will have experience in the aspects of arts administration mentioned in the job description.
  • Will have been part of the arts community (preferably the performing arts) and will understand the needs and challenges of working with a small arts organization.
  • Will be a self-starter, with plenty of energy, ideas and the desire to initiate projects that support the artistic aims of Puppetmongers Theatre.
  • Will possess excellent writing skills, have a great, professional phone manner, and be extremely well organized.
  • Candidates with both administrative experience and experience in marketing and publicity are welcome to apply; however, marketing experience and drive is not a requirement as we are prepared to separate our administration and marketing efforts.
  • This is a part-time position of 15 hours per week (22 if you qualify to take on marketing responsibilities), 9 months per year. It is an opportunity to work alongside one of the country’s premiere puppetry companies and support their growth over the next few years.
  • The Company Administrator position has the potential for growth and we are also willing to help our administrator secure supplementary work with one of our peer theatres in Toronto.

Interested applicants must submit:

  • A cover letter
  • Detailed CV/resume
  • 3 references
  • Writing Sample (sample of grant or technical writing preferred: No prose or poetry please).

Please email applications to info@puppetmongers.com by Monday August 16, 2010. Please do not phone or fax. Late applications will not be accepted.

Puppetmongers thank all applicants in advance for their interest.

Puppetmongers Theatre was founded in 1974. Over the past 36 years, they have created 10 original productions employing many different styles of puppetry. They have performed for audiences of all ages, throughout Canada, the USA, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Highlights of their work include their Annual Winter Holiday Tradition at the Tarragon Theatre, Tea at the Palace, Cinderella in Muddy York, Bed & Breakfast, The Brick Bros. Circus, The Pirate Widow Cheng and TERROR. They have received 7 Dora Mavor Moore nominations in both the independent Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences categories, 5 Citations of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry from the Union Nationale de la Marionette, were short-listed twice for the Chalmers Canadian Play Awards for Theatre for Young Audiences and in 2003 received the President’s Award for “making outstanding contributions to the art of puppetry” from the Puppeteers of America.

Call for Submissions: Distillery Art Market, Artscape

Attention Artists, Craftspeople and Designer/Makers Weekend

Outdoor Exhibition Opportunities — September 24 – October 31, 2010

Artscape is currently accepting submissions from visual artists, craftspeople and designer/makers who wish to participate in the Distillery Art Market, taking place September 24 through October 31, 2010.

The Distillery Art Market will feature 30+ exhibitors in various outdoor spaces at The Distillery Historic District over the course of a series of six weekends starting September 24, 2010. The Distillery Art Market is a pilot project born out of a collaboration between Artscape and The Distillery Historic District to produce a creator-to-market opportunity for Toronto-based artists, craftspeople and designer/makers. The pilot project will take place for six consecutive weeks until the final market weekend of October 29, 2010.

Applicants can choose to participate in one weekend or a series of weekends for the Distillery Art Market’s duration. Artists, craftspeople and designer/makers have the opportunity to utilize provided Art Carts (6’ x 3.5’ or 8’ x 3.5’ cart sizes, allocated on a first-come, first-served basis by jury approval) or a 10’ x 10’ booth space (for which they need to supply their own booth structure). Participants in the Distillery Art Market will be selected by a professional jury with consideration to diversity of medium and quality of work being sold. Jewellery artists will not be considered at this time due to the abundant representation of jewellery artists shown at shops on-site. Artscape will assess feedback from participants at the end of the pilot project to determine the viability of future Distillery Art Markets that are being considered to begin in the Spring/Summer of 2011.

The Distillery Historic District has been labeled as a “must-visit” location by the New York Times, Frommer’s, Toronto Life and The Globe and Mail. The 13-acre arts and entertainment district comprises more than 40 heritage buildings and 10 streets and is the largest collection of Victorian era industrial architecture in North America. The Distillery Historic District attracts between 2,000 – 5,000 tourists and Torontonians each weekend –providing a fantastic opportunity for creators to sell their work, expand their contact list and network with other creators in a completely unique outdoor exhibition environment. Visitors to The Distillery Historic District are typically urban professionals and families with mid-high average household income.

WHEN

  • A Friday September 24 to Sunday September 26, 2010 11am to 6pm
  • B Friday October 1 to Sunday October 3, 2010 11am to 6pm
  • C Friday October 8 to Sunday October 10, 2010 11am to 6pm
  • D Friday October 15 to Sunday October 17, 2010 11am to 6pm
  • E Friday October 22 to Sunday October 24, 2010 11am to 6pm
  • F Friday October 29 to Sunday October 31, 2010 11am to 6pm

WHERE
The Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill Street, Toronto, Ontario, Parliament Street and Front Street East.

SUBMISSION PROCESS
The required application form can be found at www.distilleryartmarket.ca

Artists, craftspeople and designer/makers are asked to submit the following:

  • 2010 Distillery Art Market Artist Application Form including a 50 word Artist Biography. Completed and signed.
  • Documentation of Recent Work.  Submit a minimum of three images and no more than seven images of recent work (300 dpi) that are representative of the work you will be exhibiting in the show. The following formats are acceptable CD of JPEG Images or email submission of JPEG Images.  Please include an image list that provides title, date, medium and dimensions of each image.
  • Participation Fee
  • $100.00 for each individual weekend
  • $400.00 for a six weekend pack (a savings of 33% – six weekends for the price of four).
  • Should your submission not be selected, your full participation fee will be returned to you along with your support materials.
  • A Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope.  All support materials of selected artists will be held by Artscape until the completion of the Distillery Art Market for the purpose of event promotion and/or media. Materials will not be mailed to applicants who do not provide a self-addressed stamped envelope.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE + SELECTION RESULTS

Deadline: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 4pm. Results emailed by Friday, September 3, 2010

COMPLETED SUBMISSIONS
Email: dam@torontoartscape.on.ca
Subject: Distillery Art Market Artscape

Mail or Drop-Off in Person:
171 East Liberty Street, Suite 224,
Toronto, Ontario M6K 3P6
Attn: Distillery Art Market

THE REQUIRED ARTIST APPLICATION FORM CAN BE FOUND AT www.distilleryartmarket.ca.
For questions regarding the Distillery Art Market, please email: dam@torontoartscape.on.ca

The Distillery Art Market is a collaboration between Artscape and The Distillery Historic District

Artscape is a not-for-profit, urban development organization that revitalizes buildings, neighbourhoods, and cities through the arts.
Artscape projects provide affordable space for creativity while generating positive cultural, economic, social, and environmental impact.
For more information on Artscape, visit www.torontoartscape.on.ca

Job Posting: Assistant House Manager, – Facilities Front of House, Harbourfront Centre

Part Time

Job Ref. #10J025-TAPA

Number of vacancies:  2

Situated on Toronto’s waterfront, Harbourfront Centre is renowned as Canada’s foremost facility for contemporary culture.  Our year-round operation offers some 4000 internationally acclaimed events ranging from music, literary and theatrical festivals to children=s activities and craft shops.

Currently an employment opportunity exists in our Front of House – Facilities Department for an Assistant House Manager.  Reporting to the House Manager, this position will coordinate and supervise the Front of House and Bar staff during events and performances and compile and maintain appropriate reports.

MAJOR DUTIES:

  • Acts as a House Manager on duty in the absence of the Front of House Manager.  Coordinates Front of House lobby setup, receptions, etc.
  • Ensures that all services, safety rules, regulations, and procedures are in place to provide a safe and pleasant environment
  • Supervises and assigns duties to part-time ushers and bartenders.  Provides training and orientation
  • Greets visitors.  Responds to complaints and inquiries
  • Completes reports for each performance with information on operational problems, incidents, audience feedback, staff performance, media attendance, etc.
  • Completes staff time sheets and assists House Manager with other administrative duties as required
  • Counts, records, distributes and balances cash floats for the bars, coat check and merchandise sales counter. Ensures that inventory information is recorded.
  • Completes sales report forms.

QUALIFICATIONS:

One to two years front of house experience

  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Ability to communicate with the public, user groups, volunteers and co-workers in a courteous manner
  • Excellent customer service skills with the ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy
  • Strong communication skills both written and oral
  • Ability to perform basic math calculations to handle cash transactions and maintain records
  • Experience with routine office administrative tasks; e.g. bank deposits, timesheets, etc.
  • Smart Serve, Emergency First Aid and CPR certifications are an asset.

START DATE:                        Able to work immediately

HOURS: varying shifts, primarily evening and weekend hours, occasional day time shifts. Up to 3-4 hrs per shifts, approx. 10-15 hrs per week.

WAGE: $12.30 per hour to start ($12.80 following successful completion of a 30 shift probationary period)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 21, 2010

Interested applicants must send resume quoting Job Ref. No.  10J025-TAPA to:

Human Resources Department

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

FAX: (416) 973-1003

EMAIL: Jobs@harbourfrontcentre.com

Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply

Job Posting: Usher/Bartender, Facilities Front of House, Harbourfront Centre

Part Time

Job Ref. #10J023-TAPA

Number of vacancies:  Several

Situated on Toronto’s waterfront, Harbourfront Centre is renowned as Canada’s foremost facility for contemporary culture.  Our year-round operation offers some 4000 internationally acclaimed events ranging from music, literary and theatrical festivals to children=s activities and craft shops.  Currently, we are look for an energetic and responsible individual to join our Front of House – Facilities Department.

The Usher/Bartender represents the Front of House – Facilities Department to greet and direct theatre patrons to assigned seating, responds to general inquiries, assists with reception set up, beverage/food service and cash/inventory, check-room and merchandise sales areas.

MAJOR DUTIES

  • Observes all area of the theatre during performance to facilitate response to emergency situations
  • Opens and closes bar, including full inventory of stock
  • Serves beverage and/or food, operates cash register
  • Arranges furniture (and sets up food tables when required) in reception area for pre and/or post-performance functions.
  • Maintains a clean environment within the theatre and reception area by performing housekeeping duties, as required

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent customer services skills
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Proven ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy when responding to inquiries
  • Smart Serve Certification

START DATE:            Able to work immediately

HOURS: varying shifts, primarily evening and weekend hours, occasional day time shifts. 3-4 hrs per shift upto 20 hours per week.

WAGE: $10.30 per hour to start ($10.80 following successful completion of a 30 shift probationary period)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 21, 2010

Interested applicants must send resume quoting Job Ref. No.  10J023-TAPA to:

Human Resources Department

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

FAX: (416) 973-1003

EMAIL: Jobs@harbourfrontcentre.com

Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply

Call for Submissions: Papers and Performances, University of Toronto

“Performing Back: Contemporary Theoretical and Practical Implications for the Post-Colonial Stage”
University of Toronto, February 4-6th, 2011
Call for Papers

The 2011 Festival of Original Theatre conference sponsored by the Graduate Centre forStudy of Drama at the University of Toronto will focus its discussion and praxis entirely on the field of Post-Colonial theatre. The 2011 F.O.O.T. festival is designed to reflect the multi-cultural diversity of the city we inhabit, and to encourage an integrative approach between the theoretical and practical. The festival intends to promote and discuss contemporary trends in the emerging field of post-colonial performance studies as it relates to contentious issues ever-present in various cultural/multi-racial communities (such as race, marginality, migration, agency and hegemony).

As Helen Gilbert and Joanne Tompkins contend, “Post-colonial theatre’s capacity to intervene publicly in social organisation and to critique political structures can be more extensive than the relatively isolated circumstances of written narrative and poetry.” It is therefore imperative that work be done on the relatively unique nature of performativity in post-colonial theory; particularly since much of poco criticism routinely overlooks drama.

A variety of overarching themes may be explored within the context of this year’s festival and its relation to post-colonial performance such as the use of dramatic language (vocal and visual as expressed through the performing body), the arrangement of theatrical space and time, and the manipulation of narrative and performative conventions of drama. Within this field, there will inevitably be a focus on the connections between form and content that a politicised approach to theatre always recognises.

Some specific areas of discussion may include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Re-appraising the Traditional (eg, Ritual, Carnival)
  • Contesting the Canon and Counter-Discursive Strategies
  • The Issue of Marginality and the Use of Theatrical Space
  • Feminist Post-Colonialist Ruptures
  • Ethnicity, Race and the Problem of Theatrical Identity
  • The Problematic Positioning of Language and Spoken Dialogue
  • Mimicry and ‘Performing Back’ to the Empire
  • Magic Realist Theatre and its Association with Post-Coloniality
  • Characterising Conflict and Colonial Subjectivities
  • Rendering the Post-Colonial Body and its Appearance on Stage
  • The Emergence of Globalization and the Post-Post-Colonial Theatre
  • “In-between Space” and Hybridity
  • Ethnographic Inquiries into Post-Colonial Performance
  • Transculturation and the Effects of Competing Multiple Theatrical Discourses

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words by September 10, 2010 to Festival Director Dalbir Singh at foot.graddrama@utoronto.ca. Include full name, email, affiliation status (student, faculty, independent scholar/artist) and a 50-word bio. See below for performance proposal requirements.

“Performing Back: Contemporary Theoretical and Practical Implications for the Post-Colonial Stage”
University of Toronto, February 4-6th , 2011
Call for Performances

This year, the 2011 Festival of Original Theatre is specifically interested in involving the Toronto theatre and performance community within this festival’s activity. We are eager for this festival to reflect the diversity of the city, and the artists who live here.

Artists interested in submitting performances that broadly address the themes of marginality, race, migration, hegemony, agency, etc., are invited to submit their proposals to the 2011 F.O.O.T. Performance committee. We are looking for:

  • Staged readings of new works by emerging and established playwrights (not exceeding 45 mins).
  • Innovative Performance Projects.
  • Workshop Productions
  • Re-mounts of productions that directly address our themes.

Artists whose work reflects a mandated concern with diversity are encouraged to apply.

Submission Guidelines:
For artists interested in submission, please employ the following guidelines:

  • A Project Description – the type of performance you are planning for this project, and how participation in FOOT 2011 will benefit the development of this project (1 Page max).
  • Artistic Statement – What you want to accomplish with this project and its relationship to postcolonialism (ie, the themes of migration, hybridity, race, hegemony, etc.).
  • We are not looking for sophisticated theoretical abstracts on this connection. We wish for the artists merely to display that their work relates to the larger themes of the conference, and contributes a perspective.
  • If your work addresses a tangential theme that you still insist is relevant for consideration, please explain (1 page max).
  • Script or Working Document.
  • Companies/artists that are interested in the presentation of re-mounts, workshop productions, or staged readings are encouraged to submit a writing proposal.
  • Artists who are interested in the showcasing of performance work should provide a template of what the performance will entail (5 page max).
  • Bios of participants.

Please direct submissions as well as any questions and concerns to Festival Director, Dalbir Singh at foot.graddrama@utoronto.ca.
Submissions for Performances are DUE SEPTEMBER 20th, 2010.